Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Real Madrid name new head coach

Real Madrid name new head coach

The move comes as a surprise, with Lopetegui not featuring prominently among the host of managers linked with the role since the departure of Zinedine Zidane days after Madrid's 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final.

"Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup", the club announced on their website on Tuesday.

Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain's participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".

Lopetegui impressed in quickly blending together a new side which won nine of their 10 World Cup qualifiers and is among the favourites for this summer's finals in Russian Federation.

Spain blitzed through qualifying, earning 28 points from a possible 30, and they're the bookies' second favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation.

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Lopetegui is in Russian Federation with the Spain squad, where he will oversee their challenge but will then leave his post with the national team and take over at the Santiago Bernabeu, per Marca.

The 28-year-old cast a shadow of doubt over his stay in the Spanish capital following Los Blancos' Champions League success, stating he needed regular first team football while hinting at a summer exit from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Real finished third in La Liga in the season just finished, 17 points behind champions Barcelona, and Zidane had admitted that he was unsure of his ability to oversee more success in the future.

However, those comments came before Zidane's decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, leaving the Spanish side now on the lookout for a new manager.

Indeed, Spain are still unbeaten under the Basque after 20 matches including friendlies.

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